All fur coat and no knickers

This week’s adoptable animals are literally all fur coat and no knickers. However, they don’t fit the figurative meaning of the idiom.

According to, the saying to be “all fur coat and no knickers” means to be attractive on the surface but lack substance underneath.

While this week’s adoptables may not have knickers, they do have fur coats and they are certainly not lacking in substance or love to give.

Oldies, but goodies

Clarion PAWS in Shippenville has a couple of oldies but goodies looking for new homes.

The shelter posted about residents Abby and Mickey earlier this week on its Facebook page.



“Abby is another one of our oldest residents. She was dropped off on our porch in a box almost two years ago,” the shelter posted.

“She had a large mass on her head that thankfully was able to be removed. She loves being the center of attention. She needs a home where she can be brushed often. … So she is ready for a ‘furrever’ home with all the love and soft food she can handle,” the post continued.



“Mickey is by our guess one of our oldest residents. He just enjoys cat naps and lounging in the sun. He is looking for a ‘furrever’ home to enjoy every day with naps, love, and of course good food,” the shelter posted.

Clarion PAWS is located at 11348 Route 322, Shippenville, Clarion River Hill, between Scrap Happy and Clarion Electric. The adoption center is open from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The center is closed Fridays and Sundays. More information is available online at, the group’s Facebook page or by calling (814) 229-1231.

A little bit of learning to do


Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin has canine Bella-Boo and feline Tanner available for adoption.



Theresa Weldon posted this earlier in the week on the group’s Facebook page about Bella-Boo:

“She’s a very large collie-shepherd mix doggy with more energy and smarts than most breeds. Bella is still under a year old and she needs someone to work with her to overcome her enthusiasm and lack of training in her early puppy days,” Weldon posted.

“Bella wants something, she goes to get it … even if you’re in the way. There’s not a mean bone in her body but she’s been known to fly through the air with an impressive cross check when she’s happy to see you,” the post continued.

“We have been working with her on manners, but once you know how to work with her, she’s a dream. Bella is housebroken, gorgeous, and easy to love,” Weldon posted.

Weldon posted that Bella had not originally been around dogs so the rescue is working on socialization.
“Her herding instincts might not be appreciated by your cats but she’s easily put in her place,” Weldon posted.
Weldon said what Bella needs is an experienced herding dog owner and someone to teach her boundaries.



Linda Jackson posted earlier this week on Facebook about her foster kitty Tanner.

Tanner is approximately 9 weeks old.

“He was found along a trail in Tionesta along with his brother and sister. He is neutered, micro chipped, and is up to date on all his yearly vaccines. He is ready to go to his ‘furever’ home. He lives with two adult cats and two small dogs,” Jackson posted.

Precious Paws can be reached by phone at (814) 671-9827 or by email at

More information about the group and its low-cost spay/neuter program, SNYP, can be found online at or on the group’s Facebook page.


While they’re still young

Venango County Humane Society has youngsters Pickle and Jaeger available for adoption, as well as many others.



Pickle, a domestic short hair, is a 2-month-old neutered male. He has a broad head, wide green eyes, and white whiskers. His soft black coat has white markings.

“Pickle is very easy going for a kitten. He likes to be petted and enjoys the company of his condo mates, Olive, and Snowflake,” the shelter posted in a PetFinder listing.


Jaeger, a shepherd/boxer mix, is an 11-month-old neutered male.
“He’s an inside only, house trained dog. His previous owner tells us that Jaeger is good with children 15 months and up,” the shelter said in a PetFinder listing.
“He’s good with other dogs but has never been around cats. Jaeger is intelligent, responds well to his handler, but he likes to run. He should always be walked on a leash and only allowed to run off leash in a fenced-in area,” the listing continued.

Check the clock

The humane society also posted on its Facebook page about a change in hours. It also reminded folks that it will be closed Tuesday, July 4, for the holiday.
“Beginning TUESDAY, JULY 11, and every TUESDAY for the months of JULY and AUGUST, the shelter will be open until 7 p.m.,” the post said.

The humane society is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It is located at 286 S. Main St., Seneca. More information on the Venango County Humane Society is available by calling (814) 677-4040.

New faces


Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville posted a photo of its recent adoptable dogs and a little info on Luck the kitten on Facebook.


Tri-County is located at 9562 Route 322, Shippenville.
More information about Tri-County Animal Rescue Center is available on its Facebook page, by calling (814) 918-2032 or emailing

Gov. Wolf signs animal cruelty prevention bill

HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf signed the animal cruelty prevention bill at a public celebration Wednesday surrounded by advocates and members of the legislature.

Act 10, House Bill 1238, was introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens, and updates and clarifies the existing animals abuse statutes and increases the penalties for abusing animals.
The overhaul bill includes:
— mandatory forfeiture of the abused animal to an animal shelter if the abuser is convicted

— stipulations to dog tethering

— increased protection for horses

— civil immunity for veterinarians, veterinarian technicians, and humane society police officers to prevent frivolous lawsuits against these professionals when reporting animal cruelty in good faith.

Humane PA has an explanation of the bill on its website,, under the Legislation tab under the Facts About Bills link.

Pet safety and the Fourth of July

The Humane Society of Missouri shared some tips to protect pets this Fourth of July.

Fourth of July and the holiday weekend are right around the corner, bringing backyard barbecues, fantastic fireworks and plenty of opportunities to get outside and soak up the sun.

However, for pets, the heat, noise and human treats are not ingredients for a fun party. Our pets rely on us to keep them safe during our celebrations.
Here are a few tips to keep pets safe:
– Pets should be kept at home, if possible, with a quiet, cool place to retreat where heat and sounds are less intense.
– Dogs and cats are more sensitive to loud noises, so fireworks can cause serious stress. Keeping them inside, even if they are usually “outdoor” pets, will help to make them more comfortable as well as protect them from stray fireworks.

-A basement or interior room with access to clean, cool water is a great place for pets to relax. Close the windows and turn on a radio or television to mask the sounds, and have their favorite toys and bed to comfort them.

*A fearful animal should never be confined on a chain or in a small crate, as this could increase their panic.

*If your pet is extremely anxious with loud noises, visit your veterinarian immediately this week to discuss anti-anxiety options.
– Pets should never attend celebrations with fireworks, but if you can’t avoid taking them, keep in mind the following:

– Never leave pets in a parked car, even at night or with the windows cracked. At just 70 degrees, internal car temperatures can skyrocket to more than 100 degrees in minutes.

– Make sure dogs wear a collar, ID tag and have an up-to-date microchip to help ensure a safe return if lost.

– Keep dogs on a short, secure leash at all times and watch for signs of stress. Never use a retractable leash in crowded areas, and have a back-up plan should your dog become overwhelmed by the activities.

– Human treats should be left to the humans at picnics and parties, while pets should only have access to what’s best for them.

– Avoid giving pets any type of food outside their normal diet, like barbecue leftovers or party snacks, and make sure they do not get into trash bags or open beverage containers lying around. These goodies can seriously upset a pet’s digestive tract.

– Keep fireworks, glow sticks, lighter fluid, sunscreen, insect repellent, citronella candles and other potentially dangerous items away from a pet’s curiosity.


Slobberfest is July 8

Droopy Basset Hound Rescue of Western Pennsylvania in Union City is gearing up for its annual Slobberfest.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the rescue at 15581 Stewart Hill Road, Union City.

Admission is free. The event is open to friendly and well-behaved dogs. Dogs must be up-to-date on shots and on a leash at all times.
The event includes various raffles and other activities.

More information about Droopy Basset Hound Rescue is available online at

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